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The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go – Makiko Itoh, Makiko Doi (photographer)

★★★ ½

Bento-boxes are all the rage – they have this pleasing aesthetic – with the bright colors, lovely little partitions, the adorable shapes and variety.

Makiko Itoh has a wonderful little bento blog – where she showcases her adorable creations.

This recipe has 25 bento menus with 150+ recipes.

So, on the one hand, I quite like the cuteness of the thing. It’s adorable and sweet and looks so freaking perfect.

On the other hand…I really don’t see myself making very many (if any) of these as bentos.

Maybe it’s because I’m in grad school…but wow. They look like a lot of work.

Even the simpler ones seem to require a lot of ingredients and time.

I think, if I were to do these, I’d probably make the meals for dinner and pack the leftovers for the bento.

I really like the concept of this book and would want to do this for special occasions/when I have a few extra hours on my hand, but it’s definitely not going to be an everyday sort of thing for me.

Interested in this one from Makiko Itoh and Makiko Doi? Buy it here:  Amazon

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